The USDA has issued a Cooperative Grant Agreement opportunity for ranchers and farmers who are considered socially disadvantaged. Grants up to $800,000 each, no cash-match required, for a term not exceeding 2 years are available to you if you are a school, non-profit organization (501(c)3), or a Native American tribal government. That means Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, Inc. and others can apply … to do amazing outreach projects! If you’d like to apply, you’ll have to be quick. The deadline is December 21, 2011.
According to the grant summary, “This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to compete for financial assistance through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Grant Program (OASDFR). Proposals for new awards AND requests for supplemental funding for existing awards will be accepted through this funding opportunity. This program will assist community-based organizations, higher education institutions and eligible tribal entities in providing outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The overall goal of the OASDFR Program is to assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in a linguistically appropriate manner in owning and operating farms, ranches and non-industrial forest lands while increasing their participation in agricultural programs provided by USDA.”